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I Should Know That: Great Britain: Everything You (and the Prime Minister) Really Should Know About GB
I Should Know That: Great Britain: Everything You (and the Prime Minister) Really Should Know About GB
Price: 2.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars nice idea..., 15 Jan 2014
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Loved the idea of this book, and enjoyed the style. Some good quotes & nice insights. However the accuracy of the content on the legal / political sections is rather sloppy, which then made me mistrust the rest. Would be great for teenager / foreign student but I don't think I could recommend because of some of the confusion it would cause about some of our basic constitutional & legal facts. Also ended rather abruptly.


The Talent Wave: Why Succession Planning Fails and What to Do About It
The Talent Wave: Why Succession Planning Fails and What to Do About It
by David Clutterbuck
Edition: Paperback
Price: 26.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enable & Empower, don't control & manage., 7 Jan 2013
[This review first published for the CMI management & consulting book club [...])

I love the question that the book poses: "If succession planning works, how do the wrong people so often get to the top?". Essentially the author's answer is to point to a world where the HR functions of an organisation enable rather than control, where talent is encouraged and developed beyond the immediate requirement to fill a vacancy, and where individuals are empowered to make their own path.

"The central message of this book has been that, if organisations really want to have the right people in the right jobs at the right time, they need to stop trying to impose artificial and simplistic processes aimed at exerting control and based on linear assumption about the systems involve, and shift instead to a strategy of enabling an supporting the Talent Wave to advance, based on the recognition that talent development and scissions are complex,, adaptive systems."

The book's appeal should be wider than the HR world. Leaders, consultants, coaches and employees will all find useful nuggets around motivation, leadership style and organisational behaviour. The book is most suited to those with real power to make organisational change, or for individuals who want to change their approach to career development.

Criticism of the current practices in recruitment and succession planning are well argued and compelling. (My favourite section on page 37 concludes with the quote "Part of the problem is that the very things were looking for in our leaders, the psychopath can easily mimic". There is also a timely warning for organisations about the risks of recruitment freezes in demotivating and limiting the talent pool.

This book is full of inspiring quotes, and interesting case studies, but I have to confess to having found reading the whole thing a bit hard work; the book feels a bit uncomfortably pitched somewhere between the popular and academic. I did enjoy the chapters towards the end of the book which offered some practical suggestions, specifically the chapter encouraging individuals to discover for themselves what they want out of their work life (chapter 9 `The inner dialogue') and the material on social networking (chapter 11).


Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Never doubt your gut instinct again!, 18 Nov 2012
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Very easy read, basic point is given away in the title: decisions made in the blink of an eye are often pretty well judged. The book describes (with some interesting examples) how your subconcious processes information to make decisions. I found some of the stuff about how this process is broken down pretty useful, as it helps think about how to make the most of this technique when under pressure.


Games for Actors and Non-Actors
Games for Actors and Non-Actors
by Augusto Boal
Edition: Paperback
Price: 29.99

3.0 out of 5 stars better in real life, 17 Nov 2012
I bought this book after experieicing the 'power chair' excercise at a training event. I have to say that reading the descriptions of the excercises is not as inspiring as doing them; and I'm struggling to imagine how to use the things that I've read about but haven't experienced. That might say more about my lack of creativity than the quality of the book! There's certainly a lot of useful material here, maybe more on why/ how you could use the various bits would be helpful.


Summary: The Wisdom Of Crowds - James Surowiecki: Why the Many Are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies ... / BusinessNews Publishing Ltd.)
Summary: The Wisdom Of Crowds - James Surowiecki: Why the Many Are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies ... / BusinessNews Publishing Ltd.)

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy the book, 12 Mar 2012
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The whole version of this book is fab, I have it in hard copy, and love it. Not quite yet up to speed with the buying via kindle, I thought I was buying the full text... at more than 5 I assumed it would be the whole thing! Why you would pay 5 for an inadaqaute summary of a brilliant book (unless you were stupid enough to make a mistake like me!) is not clear. Read the whole book, it's not that long, and really quite interesting. The random quotes taken out of context in this summary, and not worth the bother, and frankly a rip off.


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